Wacha, Cardinals Take Series from Cubs

Posted by Matt on April 13, 2014

Michael Wacha continued his strong start to the season, and Matt Carpenter drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals (7-5) captured a series win with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs (4-8) on a damp, overcast Sunday at Busch Stadium.

The Redbird starting pitcher took a while to settle in. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a first-pitch fastball into the seats to give Chicago a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (0-1) was also rocked early, as Carpenter (1-4, SAC, 3 RBI) stroked a two-out, two-run single in the second frame, followed by a Kolten Wong (2-4, RBI) base hit to establish a 3-2 lead for the home team.

After a 46-minute rain delay, Wacha (2-0) settled in after a Welington Castillo single tied the game 3-3 in the fourth. The righty retired seven Cubs in a row at one point, and allowed three runs on five hits in 6.1 innings of work.

Carpenter gave his team the edge for good on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth, and the Cardinals tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth on a Jhonny Peralta (2-4, RBI) single and a Peter Bourjos (1-4, 3B, RBI) screamer mishandled by Chicago third baseman Mike Olt.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal (SV 4) entered with a 6-3 edge in the ninth. He allowed a Junior Lake triple with one out, followed by an Olt base hit to make it 6-4. After hitting Castillo with a pitch, Rosenthal shut the door, inducing a flyout and groundout to seal the series win.

Now the Cardinals hit the road for a set with the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who have won nine games in a row. Lance Lynn is scheduled to duel with Matt Garza Monday night, and you can hear it on ESPN 103.1 / 1580 AM KTGR.

Click below to see a video recap from Will Palaszczuk and Matt Michaels:

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